Black and yellow longhorns all over Parke

In the space of less than an hour I found (well bumped into really) 4 different black and yellow longhorn beetles (Rutpela maculata) in the wet meadows and woodland edge at Parke. Unusual to see so many individuals in such a short space of time and so close together. (Some sources give Rutpela maculata the common name of the spotted longhorn).

Ruptela maculata 1These are pretty distinctive beetles – I particularly like the black and yellow stripped antennae.

Ruptela maculata

These adult beetles live for about 4 weeks but the larvae live for up to three years in damp rotting wood of various broad-leaved trees particularly birch.

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